Lydia Robins Hendrix focuses her practice at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel on employment law, assisting clients with variety of workplace issues, including equal pay, wrongful termination, discrimination, and more.
Additionally, Lydia practices government law, including holding public agencies and officials accountable through tort claims and Freedom of Information Act requests. A former teacher, she also stands ready to assist parents, students, and teachers with a variety of education law matters, assisting with IEP and 504 plans, due process proceedings, manifestation hearings, expulsions, Title IX and sexual harassment matters, and contract disputes.
Lydia served as a law clerk at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel for two years while studying at the University of South Carolina School of Law. A summa cum laude graduate with a concentration in children’s law, Lydia served as a student attorney at the school of law Education Rights Clinic. In that role, she evaluated cases and researched relevant state and federal law to develop legal strategy. She also counseled clients on courses of actions that could meet their goals and disabled students’ needs.
Lydia earned an impressive number of honors during law school, including nine CALI Awards. That prestigious recognition is bestowed on the top-scoring student in a class. She also was inducted into the Order of the Coif and invited to join the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court as a pupil member.
She also holds a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies and a master’s in Comparative Literature from the University of South Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in modern languages from Clemson University and speaks conversational Spanish.
As a classroom teacher at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, Lydia became deeply familiar with students’ needs. She often worked with administrators, counselors and other teachers to support students with Individualized Education Programs and 504 plans.
An artist and designer who once owned her own studio, Lydia often uses her talents to serve the community. She’s created promotional materials to benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. Additionally, she’s served as a volunteer extended essay advisor for A.C. Flora High School International Baccalaureate students and as a second thesis reader for the University of South Carolina Honors College.
- South Carolina
- University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
- Concentration in children’s law
- Dean’s List and President’s List
- The Journal of Law and Education, senior research editor
- Labor and Employment Law Society, vice president
- Humanist Law Student Association
- Children’s Law Advocacy Society
- Carolina Equality Alliance Secretary
- University of South Carolina, Certificate of Graduate Study, Women’s and Gender Studies
- University of South Carolina, Master of Arts, Comparative Literature
- Area of Focus: British and French Literature
- Clemson University, Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages (Spanish), French minor, magna cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa Society
- Sigma Delta Pi National Honor Society
- Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
- Instituto Cervantes of Spain, Diploma de Espanol como Legua Extranjera (DELE)
- South Carolina Educator Certification in Gifted and Talented, AP English Literature and Composition, Read 2 Succeed
- South Carolina Bar
- Federal Bar Association
- Order of the Coif
- CALI Awards in Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I; Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing II; Advanced Legal Writing; Education Law & Policy; Constitutional Issues in Public Education Law; Women & the Law; Police Law & Policy; Advanced Civil Procedure; and Conflicts of Law
- John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, Pupil
- Order of the Wig & Robe, Clerk of Court
- S.C. Bar Employment and Labor Law Section Memorial Scholarship
- Student Note: Gifted Education as a Racist Vestige of Eugenicist Thought, 51 The J. of L. and Ed. 214 (Fall 2022).
- “Dryden and the Solution to Domination: Bonds of Love in The Conquest of Granada.” (May 2011)